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May 1, 2015

Art Basel 2015

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Art Basel
June 18–21, 2015

Hours: 11am–7pm

Art Basel returns this June for its 46th Basel edition with 284 premier galleries, drawn from 33 countries, presenting premier works ranging from the Modern period of the early 20th century to the most contemporary artists of today. The show will be open to the public from Thursday, June 18, to Sunday, June 21, 2015 with two preview days on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 16 and 17 (by invitation only).

Galleries, the main sector of the show, will feature 223 galleries presenting the highest quality of painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, photography, video and editioned works. A strong list of returning exhibitors is joined by three galleries who will exhibit within the sector for the first time, having previously shown in Statements or Feature. These galleries are Rodeo, Take Ninagawa and Vilma Gold. 

The Feature sector presents galleries with precise curatorial projects, showing both historical and contemporary work. This year’s expanded edition will feature 30 galleries from 13 countries across both exhibition floors in Hall 2. Highlights of Feature include Michelangelo Pistoletto (Luxembourg & Dayan), John Cage (James Cohan Gallery), Constant (Borzo Galler), Andrea Bowers (Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects), Jiro Takamatsu, Nobuo Sekine, Kishio Suga, Susumu Koshimizu and Koji Enokura (Tokyo Gallery + BTAP), Judith Bernstein (Karma International), Nancy Holt (Parra & Romero), David Hammons (Salon 94) and François Dufrêne, Daniel Spoerri, Jacques Villeglé, Jean Tinguely, Martial Raysse, Alain Jacquet, Niki de Saint Phalle, Yves Klein and Arman (Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois). 

Solo presentations in the Statements sector offer visitors and collectors the opportunity to discover the work of emerging artists and young galleries. This year, eight of the 16 galleries exhibiting within Statements will be new to the show: Marcelle Alix, James Fuentes, Grey Noise, Hannah Hoffman Gallery, JTT, Platform China, Galerie Gregor Staiger, Wallspace.

Unlimited, Art Basel’s unique platform for projects that transcend the limitations of a traditional art-fair stand, will be curated for the fourth year by Gianni Jetzer, with around 70 works ranging from large-scale sculptures and paintings to video projections, installations and live performances. 

Parcours, a series of site-specific sculptures, interventions and performances by renowned international artists and emerging talents, presented by Art Basel galleries, will be curated for the third time by Florence Derieux and will take place around the Münsterplatz area near the Basel cathedral.

Screened at Stadtkino Basel and curated for the first time by Maxa Zoller, the Film program will run from Monday, June 15 to Saturday, June 20 while the Talks program will take place in the auditorium within Hall 1 from Wednesday, June 17 to Sunday, June 21 offering audiences access to first-hand information on the international art world.

For the duration of Art Basel, DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY by conceptual artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, German architects Nikolaus Hirsch/Michel Müller and Finnish chef Antto Melasniemi will be installed on Messeplatz and will be open daily from 10am to 8pm. The new work will be an extension of Rirkrit Tiravanija’s and Thai artist Kamin Lertchaiprasert‘s project the land, a self-sustaining artistic community near Chiang Mai in Thailand that engages with the idea of an artistic utopia, presenting an ecological and sustainable model for future artistic practice. Including a herbal garden, kitchen, communal dining and meeting area, visitors can take part in a number of activities: taking part in talks and discussions, drinking herbal tea plucked fresh from the on-site garden or preparing and eating food. The food will be rooted in the Thai tradition and will be available with no fixed schedule, menu or price list: compensation is self-determined, by self-serving, serving others, donations or participating in the cooking or washing up.

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